undernourished

adjective

un·​der·​nour·​ished ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio)
-ˈnə-risht
1
: supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition
undernourished infants
Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition. Cynthia Kuhn
2
: poorly supplied with vital elements or qualities
undernourished independent libraries
undernourishment noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to the World Wildlife Fund, that's enough calories to feed every undernourished person. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2022 According to a report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, more than half a billion of the world’s most undernourished people also live in underdeveloped countries that are extremely vulnerable to climate shocks. Jeremy J. Miller, Time, 28 Oct. 2022 Newton and Seale asked one of their early recruits, a student-artist, Emory Douglas to redraw the Panther symbol smaller to reflect that the party was about serving the underserved and undernourished. Essence, 11 Aug. 2022 Even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, U.N. agencies estimated that about 828 million people — one-tenth of the global population — went undernourished in 2021. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Child malnutrition rates have soared, and undernourished children are more susceptible to disease. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 A quarter of the world’s undernourished people live in India, where rural food prices have doubled this past year. Zinara Rathnayake, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2022 Between 2005 and 2014, the number of undernourished people, as measured by the Food and Agriculture Organization, fell nearly 30 percent to 572 million from 806 million. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 In Zambia – where more than half the population is undernourished, and 1.2 million people are experiencing acute food insecurity – farmers already produce more than 80% of the country’s food needs. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of undernourished was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Undernourished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undernourished. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

undernourished

adjective

un·​der·​nour·​ished ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio)
-ˈnə-risht
: supplied with too little food for health and growth
undernourishment
-ˈnər-ish-ment How to pronounce undernourished (audio)
-ˈnə-rish-
noun

Medical Definition

undernourished

adjective

un·​der·​nour·​ished ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht How to pronounce undernourished (audio)
: supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition
undernourished infants
Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition. Cynthia Kuhn
undernourishment noun
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